The Galaxy Quest TV series is one step closer to becoming a reality. Some four months after Paramount Television started development on a potential TV series version of the 1990s feature film Galaxy Quest, the project has landed at Amazon.
From DreamWorks Pictures, Galaxy Quest was something of a parody of the Star Trek feature film franchise and followed the cast of cult (and quickly cancelled) science-fiction series who. while doing the convention circuit, come into contact with an Alien race called the Thermians. Before long the cast finds themselves on a real spaceship and must save the Thermian’s from an enemy who will stop at nothing to annihilate them.
As first reported by EW, Amazon has taken in the project and will co-produce through Amazon Studios. Robert Gordon is penning the script and will executive produce alongside Melissa Bernstein, Galaxy Guest producer Mark Johnson and helmer Dean Parisot. At this early stage it is not immediately clear if the project is being envisioned as a re-boot or a sequel to the original film.
It is also not clear at this stage if any members of the original cast – which included Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Daryl Mitchell – will be approached for the series. It’s worth noting that the project is in active development only and has not yet received an official pilot order. The project is not expected to receive a straight-to-series order, which Amazon only does for high profile projects such as their Woody Allen project and David E. Kelley’s Trial.
Galaxy Quest is the latest project to enter development as part of the recent ‘nostalgia’ trend which has seen the networks and studios turning to established properties which can be rebooted for television. Recent examples include the Fox series’ Minority Report and Rush Hour and CBS’ Limitless, which premiere later this season. Other such projects in development for the 2016-2017 season include Urban Cowboy at Fox and Shooter at USA Network.